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City goes for third round of grants for development

The city of Grandview Heights is hoping good things -- in this case, Ohio Public Works Commission funding -- come in threes.

Following City Council's approval, the city will submit its third application for grant and loan money from the commission later this month.

The funds would pay for another set of Grandview Yard infrastructure projects.

The city previously received OPWC money to help pay for improvements to Third Avenue. Earlier this year, it accepted about $5 million to fund work that includes the extension of Yard Street and Bobcat Avenue to Williams Avenue, improvements to Williams between Yard and Bobcat, sanitary sewer improvements on Goodale, and completion of the work on Burr Avenue to Northwest Boulevard.

The latest application will be for about $4.5 million in grant and loan money, Mayor Ray DeGraw said. The loan will have zero percent interest.

The funds will pay for the extension of both Yard Street and Bobcat Avenue from Williams to Burrell Avenue, the extension of Burrell west from Yard to Northwest Boulevard, and the extension of Williams from Bobcat to Northwest Boulevard.

"These projects will allow the next stage of the development of Grandview Yard," DeGraw said.

The next round of OPWC awards will be announced in December and money will be released in July, he said.

Applications are evaluated using a ranking and points system.

DeGraw said the city again will present a strong application and its chances should be enhanced by the work that already has been done in the Yard area.

Work on some of the projects from the last OPWC application have begun, he said.